Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas) called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) an "obvious obstacle" to Democrats taking back a majority in the chamber, saying there is "no way in hell" they can do it with her in leadership.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Vela, whose south Texas district is safely Democratic, said Pelosi was a clear "drag" on candidates in swing districts. Democrats are hoping to win back a majority in the House in 2018 for the first time since losing it to the GOP in 2010.
Historically, the party out of the White House does well in midterms.
"When we go to 2018, if we’re going to win the majority, Democrats have to win swing districts, which means winning independent voters, swing voters, and even Republican moderates," Vela said. "The problem is that in that demographic … it is real clear that the drag on our candidates is Nancy Pelosi."
"If you have an obvious obstacle, why not remove it?" he added.